Analyzing next-level pitching stats
Which starting pitchers are for real, and which are due for a regression?
- Is this Brandon Beachy kid for real? What's wrong with Max Scherzer? Was Jeff Samardzija's recent shelling the beginning of the end for him? Is it time to finally give up on Phil Hughes?
The fantasy community is getting much better at discerning how much of a pitcher's result is due to skill (or lack thereof) and how much is simple happenstance. In that respect, Voros McCracken's DIPS (defense-independent pitching statistics) Theory is truly epic. The fact that a pitcher has, at best, limited control over the fate of a batted ball has forever altered the way we look at the game of baseball and has implications that transcend deep into the fantasy realm. If you are not incorporating at least some of the advanced means of analyzing pitching in your team management, you are at a competitive disadvantage.
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